- a medieval dramatic form based on a Biblical story, usually dealing with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
Origin of mystery play
First recorded in 1850–55
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Strindberg gives himself this name, probably in allusion to his mystery-play, To Damascus .Zones of the Spirit
The Sacra Rappresentazione is in substance nothing more than the development of the medieval Mistero (“mystery-play”).
The artists who used these dotted backgrounds evidently viewed the Horae rather from the mystery-play standpoint.Early Illustrated Books
Alfred W. Pollard
- (in the Middle Ages) a type of drama based on the life of ChristCompare miracle play
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